Tone it down Tina: LaPolice

Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice has asked his wife Tina to tone down her competitive...

Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice has asked his wife Tina to tone down her competitive messages on Twitter against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. (FRED GREENSLADE/Reuters file photo)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:24 PM ET

WINNIPEG - Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice has asked his wife to tone down the competitive messages on her Twitter account, after she caused a stir going into Friday’s game against Hamilton.

In response to Hamilton receiver Dave Stala’s pokes at the Bombers and their self-styled Swaggerville reputation earlier this week, Tina LaPolice tweeted: “We’ll see hacky sack boy!” — a reference to Stala’s touchdown celebration, where he plays hacky sack with the football.

The tweet raised eyebrows, as it’s not often coaches’ wives make public comments about the game.

“I have talked to her a little bit about, ‘You know, we don’t really need to do that,’ ” Paul LaPolice said. “She’s enjoying the part of being a coach’s wife. I don’t think she meant anything by it.”

The coach’s wife removed the tweet, Thursday, and blocked some members of the media who’d been following her.

LaPolice is a staunch proponent of respecting the opposition and not giving it any fodder through the media.

He’ll fine players who talk trash during the week, asking them to do their talking on the field.

Members of the team joked that LaPolice should fine his wife for the “violation.”

“I’m sure it didn’t bother him too much,” cornerback Jovon Johnson said, adding he probably wouldn’t want his significant other to talk football on Twitter. “I wouldn’t advise it. But if she wants to defend her husband or boyfriend’s team, then so be it. That’s them being a competitor.”

LaPolice said the story was a media creation, more than anything.

“If we’re calling these things trash-talking, boy we don’t have very good trash talk,” he said.

A lifelong Manitoba resident who used to be the team’s cheerleader coach, Tina LaPolice’s Twitter profile (@tinalapo) reads: “Football wife, mother of 2 gorgeous babes! Opinions are my own, not that of my husband! It's not the 50's..I say what I want!”

As of late Thursday, she had some 250 followers.


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